Flying Apsaras, left arm outstretched, the right holds a plate of flowers, both legs pendant.

Flying Celestial (Apsara), from a set of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva and Flying Celestials, c. 951-953

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Gift of C.T. Loo, Inc.expand_more  50.41.3

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These paintings were once part of a much larger composition—now dispersed among several collections in the United States—that originally formed the wall of a temple in north-central China, possibly Cishengsi in far northern Henan province. All together the set depicts a trio of seated bodhisattvas. Each one is flanked by standing attendant bodhisattvas and surrounded by other attendants performing rituals. They are also accompanied by flying celestials (apsara) in a paradise-like setting based on Esoteric Buddhist teachings. The seated bodhisattva here, originally the leftmost of the three primary figures, is backed by a halo and wears elaborate robes and jewelry. In his large crown is a small depiction of a buddha, the superior being from which the bodhisattva emanated.

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Flying Celestial (Apsara), from a set of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva and Flying Celestials
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50.41.3
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Flying Apsaras, left arm outstretched, the right holds a plate of flowers, both legs pendant.